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Opening of world’s first international botanical art exhibition on native plants of Southeast Asia

80 artworks will be on display in the Botanical Art Gallery in the Gallop Extension within the Gardens. In addition, over 40 art prints are available at Tangling Gate, Nasim Gate, Buki He Timah Gate, and the Green Pavilion at the Botanical Center.

The Flora of Southeast Asia exhibition opens today (November 23) at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the only tropical botanical garden inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Organized by the Botanical Artists Society (Singapore) and the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the exhibition is the first collaboration between the Indonesian Botanical Artists Association, the Thai Botanical Artists and the Philippine Botanical Artists Association. 120 works by 85 artists from these four countries are on display.

80 artworks will be on display in the Botanical Art Gallery in the Gallop Extension within the Gardens. In addition, over 40 art prints are available at Tangling Gate, Nasim Gate, Buki He Timah Gate, and the Green Pavilion at the Botanical Center.

The exhibition focuses on plants native to Southeast Asia. This means that the plants depicted must occur naturally in the area, ecosystem or habitat without human introduction.

Southeast Asia – home to a wide variety of flowering plant species
Southeast Asia is a region of high plant diversity with an estimated 50,000 species of flowering plants, representing about 15% of the world’s total. It also contains 4 of the 25 hotspots of global biodiversity. With numerous new species described each year, estimates of the plant diversity in the region continue to grow.

Botanical artwork is based on a keen observation of plant morphology, often including dissection of flowers and fruits, and others showing habits along with the main subject. There were 189 submissions from artists from 13 countries. Artworks were judged for scientific accuracy, artistic merit, mastery of the chosen medium, and overall impact by a panel of expert botanists and botanical artists.

In keeping with Singapore’s vision of transforming itself into a city in nature, the exhibition will allow visitors to appreciate works of botanical art, allowing them to better reap the benefits of connecting with nature in their daily lives. will do so. Flora of Southeast Asia immerses visitors in a journey through nature, showcasing some of the most beautiful flora found in Southeast Asia. Anyone who loves nature can enjoy the show, including plant lovers, hobbyists and gardeners.

Carrie-Ann Lee, Chairman of the Botanical Art Society (Singapore) said:
“We are an inclusive society for botanical art enthusiasts, novices and seasoned artists. Our vision is to promote the appreciation and development of botanical art in Singapore and Asia. Some people create as a creative challenge, others just want to relax or just have fun in nature.

In addition to the exhibition, we are very excited to welcome artists from around the world to showcase the native plants of Southeast Asia.For visitors to the gallery, there are many activities for everyone.Guide From guided tours, artist demonstrations, to workshops for children and adults. ”


The Singapore Botanic Gardens are managed by the National Parks Commission. For more information, see: www.facebook.com/singaporebotanicgardens.

Thai Botanical Artist (THBA)
Formed by a small group of Thai botanical artists in 2019, THBA’s goals include providing opportunities for both artists and the general public to learn botanical art and illustration, encouraging artists to exhibit their work; This includes internationally supporting collaborations between artists, botanists and botanical gardens. Activities include volunteering at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh Floriregium Project, field sketch days and workshops. (bullet train)


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